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Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks Review

6th December 2019
Review of Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks, the new English single malt whisky with generations of Polish distilling knowhow behind it.

Bimber Re-charred Oak CasksBimber distillery in London produces a new English single malt whisky but with generations of Polish distilling experience behind it. It recently launched Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks, a small batch release of 5,000 bottles which was fully matured in American oak casks hand charred by Bimber’s coopers.

The selection of American Oak casks were hand charred to level #4 char – also known as ‘Alligator char’. The deep charring process caramelised the wood sugars and adds a layer of filtering carbon to the surface of the barrel and influences the whisky by imparting distinctively sweet, rich smooth and fruity flavours into the maturing spirit.

Speaking of the release, Founder and Master Distiller Darius Plazewski said: "We’re excited to unveil the next chapter in the story of Bimber. The re-charred oak casks we’ve selected are the perfect match for our light, layered and accessible fruity spirit. We’re incredibly fortunate to employ a team of talented coopers at Bimber – this expression highlights both their passion and the importance of their traditional craft."

The initial (001) batch is bottled at 51.9% ABV, limited to 5,000 individually numbered bottles and will be available at an RRP of £65.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An enticing fruity mix of pear, pineapple and a touch of orange with a little sweet vanilla fudge lurking in the background and a little black pepper, cinnamon and dry ginger spicing things up ever so slightly.

Taste: The sweet fruity notes from the nose lead (a little more orangey in the mouth), charged with a little more spiciness than the nose let on was to come, it has a lovely oiliness which coats and clings to every corner of the mouth, the fudge is more caramel like on the palate.

Finish: The fruitiness has a zesty lemon and lime edge now, some lovely, mildly drying oak spices linger on for an age.

Comment: This really is rather impressive stuff for such a young whisky, still a young whisky though, time will tell how good this will get but for now this offers more than its youthful age would normally suggest, already a quite drammable whisky. Its bottling strength is probably what has made this so good as I suspect the flavour experience/pleasure would have been an altogether different experience at a lower strength, so hats off to the folks at Bimber for bottling this at 51.9% instead of trying to get as much profit as possible by bottling at a lower strength.

SMW Whisky Score 81/100

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